The 2013 BMW 1-Series isn't particularly daring or trend-setting, but it continues to wear its compact sporty styling very well. As the smallest model in BMW's current lineup, it got a mild update in 2010 to keep it in pace with the details as several of the brand's larger models were redesigned; otherwise it's a remarkably attractive, almost ageless design.
With its long hood and short rear deck like the larger 3-Series, the smallest of BMWs fits right into the lineup--and the 1-Series' rather low beltline and large window greenhouse that stood out at the time of its original launch now fits right in. It's perhaps a little too stubby and compact to be truly elegant, though some may find the pug-like look (from the front) endearing.
The coupe looks a bit better balanced than the drop-top, which looks better with its top down; the soft top fits well, but it just doesn't flow entirely well with otherwise tight proportions and contours.
The limited production ActiveE electric version looks essentially the same as the gasser, aside from a more aero-focused front fascia, unique wheels, and a graphics package.
There's more of a likeness to the 3-Series--or at least the previous generation of the 3-Series--inside, where soft-touch plastic trim, metallic accents, available leather seats, and a purposeful, if plain, motif serves to fit the dual purpose between luxury coupe and sports car quite well.
Unique aesthetic touches reserved for the new-for-2013 BMW 135is include exclusive 18-inch wheels, a high-gloss black kidney grille, black mirror caps, and the full M Sport Package. Inside, the 135is sports special badges, and optional black leather seats with blue stitching.
Conclusion The 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models have aged well, and still fit right in with the BMW lineup from the outside.